Jul 18 2024

July 25th Meeting: President’s Picnic

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Note: Our July meeting is for Members Only.  If you would like to visit our club, please come to our August meeting which is open to all.

This month’s meeting is our traditional annual President’s Picnic. The first picnic was hosted in July
1999 by one of our early club presidents, Carole Bates. She provided some basics and everyone was asked to bring a dish to share and your own food to grill. We all had a such a wonderful time and we continue to hold our President’s Picnic every July. Our venue has changed over the years and members only have to bring themselves for a fun evening of food and lively discussions with fellow gardeners.

If you submitted your RSVP for the Picnic, you should receive an email with all the details on Tuesday, July 23rd. If you do not receive an email, please contact us at WestChicagoGardenClub@gmail.com so we can figure out what happened and get the information sent to you.

Jul 18 2024

News from Kruse: July 2024

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by Kerry Perry

Flowers in front of the Kruse House MuseumThe Kruse Garden looks spectacular! Sunshine, rain and a lot of loving tending by the Garden Club’s Kruse Crew does magic. The Crew put in extra hours to prepare for the Tea held this past Saturday and we know the visitors enjoyed the garden. These photos were taken today, Tuesday July 16th and know the garden is forever changing.

Oak leaf hydrangeaThe plantings are incredibly lush and colorful. The Echinacea, Japanese Forest Grass, Phlox, Rudbeckia, Black-eyed Susans are especially bright. Interesting contrasts appear everywhere: Hellebores against lime-colored hostas and stone path, Oak Leaf Hydrangea next to the Weeping Spruce, and Phlox against the Lespedeza that will bloom in fall.

A stone path with hosta There’s a cool and shady spot under the Dawn Redwood – notice the beautiful texture of the leaves and the trunk. The Bottle Brush Buckeye has small, wispy flowers that will give way to pear shaped buckeyes.

The Kruse House Garden is located at 527 Main Street, West Chicago. Be certain to stop by for a visit and revel in the beauty of is three-quarter acre parcel that is truly a hidden gem. If you are interested in working in the gardens we are there Wednesdays, 9:00 to 11:30am. 

Jul 09 2024

Afternoon Tea at the Kruse Garden

Saturday, July 13th from 2:00 to 4:00pm

Now that our members have had a chance to sign up for this limited availability event, we are opening up registration. If you are already registered but would like to bring more friends/family, feel free to sign them up. Or if you know someone who would enjoy having Afternoon Tea in the garden, please tell them about the event. There are a limited number of seats left.

Why wait until you can travel to London or Edinburgh when you can experience a wonderful afternoon tea here. Seats are filling and are limited! We invite our members and guests to an Afternoon of Tea, pastries, music, and a walk in the gardens! Please sign up for a very enjoyable and relaxing afternoon. Tour the gardens maintained by our very own club members, come early for a guided house tour then sit in the shade of the maple tree to be served one of the finest high teas you will ever experience!

  • When: July 13 Saturday 2 -4 pm
  • Where: Kruse Museum Gardens – 527 Main Street
  • Cost: $30 per person
  • Dress Code: Smart casual—Pastels, Florals, Hats ( no jeans/shorts)

We will serve Assorted Teas, Finger Sandwiches, Scones, Pastries, Strawberry Jam, Lemon Curd, Clotted Cream.

Tickets are available for members and non-members for $30 per person. They can be purchased at our online Square store.

Deadline to sign up is Friday, July 12 at noon. We are requesting that you come in your summer pastels or florals, or smart casual for men and women. Just no jeans or shorts, if possible! If you feel like going all out, wear a hat or fascinator!

Extra parking is available that afternoon at City Hall (475 Main Street).

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